Quality medical care for Babies and Children
Caring & Experienced Family Doctors
We have a keen interest in children’s health backed by many years of experience. The health of your children are important to us and we can assist in a number of areas that includes management of a broad range of paediatric issues including newborn and infant feeding problems, settling and sleeping issues, rashes, eczema, food intolerance and allergies, constipation, bed-wetting, wheeze and asthma, poor growth, developmental and behavioural concerns as well as care of children with complex medical needs and Chronic conditions.
Newborn babies, breastfeeding concerns and problems new parents face
Our GPs are experienced in caring for all ages, from newborns to toddlers to adolescents and beyond. We provide support to new parents with any issues you may have, including:
- Prenatal care
- Newborn care and feeding
- Infant and childhood immunisations
- Sleep issues
- Early childhood learning and behaviour
- Parental mental health
- Everyday medical care
We hold regular parent/baby groups. Details are on our Facebook page.
It is a privilege to be part of the journey from pregnancy and seeing our youngest patients grow up.
Healthy kids check-ups
We offer a Healthy Kids check in which we perform a comprehensive assessment of your child, including;
- Height and Weight
- Oral Health
- Motor skills, behaviour and mood
Our caring team of GP’s and Allied Health professionals are here to provide your child with the all the support they need to ensure your child starts school with the best possible health. We will be a one-stop shop for paediatric Allied Health services and work collaboratively when indicated.
"Medicine comes with hope: the hope of having a healthy child, the hope of being able to raise your family."
Medsana Medical Clinic caters to the specific needs of children to ensure coming to the doctor is a happy and stress-free experience. We have a dedicated kid’s fun waiting area and friendly kid’s vaccination room.
We also provide vaccinations for older children who may not want to have them done at school. Childhood vaccinations under the Qld Immunisation Schedule are bulk billed at our clinic.
We also provide other vaccines outside the Qld Immunisation Schedule, Meningococcal B/ACWY and travel vaccines.
Childrens' Learning Difficulties
ADOS & Griffiths III
Dr Farana Khan is trained in administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) for the diagnosis of Autism.
Additionally, she can also administer the Griffiths III Developmental Assessment for developmental delay and overall measure of a child’s development, individual profile of strengths and needs.
Early diagnosis ensures parents and teachers have the information to make an informed decision on what treatment plan and educational placement.
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder. It is one of the most common childhood disorders and is estimated to affect between 5 and 7% of school-aged children. Compared to other children at a similar developmental stage, children with ADHD may experience, with greater severity, persistent inattention patterns and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. ADHD is also often comorbid with other psychiatric disorders and disabilities.
Getting an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan for ADHD is crucial because it has the potential to significantly impact education and disrupt family life. ADHD is often multimodally managed through nonpharmacological and where appropriate, pharmacological treatments. This management plan should have clear goals and be made in collaboration with your doctor, the child, family or carers, and teachers.
To diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a thorough evaluation is necessary, utilising information corroborated by teachers, family members, and/or caregivers. This assessment should span medical, developmental, and psychosocial evaluations. Things that are highlighted in the ADHD criteria involve symptoms for at least six months before the age of 12 and causing significant interference in at least two settings. It is also important to rule out other psychiatric disorders that may impair social and academic functioning.
Just one or both inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsiveness symptoms may be displayed in your child’s behaviour. Common signs of ADHD in children are: Short attention span; Difficulties with instructions; Unable to stay still and fidgeting; Talking excessively; Acting without forethought; May appear forgetful; May lose things easily; Careless mistakes.
If you suspect your child has undiagnosed ADHD or is struggling in school, please call our lovely team at Medsana to book your initial assessment with a GP.
In the management of ADHD, nonpharmacological tools are implemented as one aspect of your child’s individualised treatment plan. This might include psychoeducation for you and your child to build a skill set used in social and cognitive settings. It is also recommended that you maintain a close rapport with the school staff so that they are able to provide additional help and monitor the effectiveness of your child’s treatment. It would be beneficial to develop strategies with the teacher to manage behaviours within the classroom such as the implementation of expectations, rules, or a daily report card.
Pharmacotherapy may be added to your ADHD management plan as a second option to the nonpharmacological route. The prescription of pharmacotherapy is dependent on age and should be authorised by a clinician experienced in the use of psychotropics in children.
Before starting pharmacotherapy, your doctor will take baseline measurements to monitor for any adverse side effects associated with the use of medications. This might include heart rate, height, weight, blood pressure and parameters. While there are a number of available drugs used for the treatment of ADHD in children, some may work better in different situations. In the development of the treatment plan, your clinician will go through the options and may be able to identify the medication that is more effective in addressing your child’s ADHD symptoms.
Common problems children may experience – eczema, allergies, sleeping, behaviour
Our health professionals are experienced and enjoy working with all aspects of child health.
We can develop Action Plans to help you:
- Better manage your allergies, eczema or asthma.
- Show you how to use the devices/puffers.
- Provide additional resources and education.
- Collaborate with your allergist and administer desensitisation injections if required.
Our dietitian can assist you through the process of elimination and allergy diets for kids and breastfeeding mothers.